Compounding in medical terms is the customization of prescription medications. It is how medications were created before the mass production of drugs was possible. People would take a prescription to the apothecary shop where a trained pharmacist mixed the ingredients together while they waited. Once manufacturing became the norm, the practice was no longer popular.
How This Relates to Veterinary Medications Now
Compounding has enjoyed a resurgence over the past few decades as research and modern technology has made the practice more practical and cost-effective. This is beneficial to veterinarians (vets) because many do not have access to medications when necessary. Medications that are not profitable to the manufacturer are discontinued, and sometimes the medication is simply out of stock. Vets in remote and rural areas may not have access to most medications on a regular basis.
Veterinary compounding fills the gap when suitable alternatives are not available. Vets can order online for fast delivery. Medications can be customized in batches to treat a wide range of issues, or they can be customized in single batches. This specialized service has other benefits for vets, animals, and pet owners.
Understanding Veterinary Compounding helps all those involved explore the benefits. Titrating medications for different medical conditions can be difficult for animals. A one-hundred-pound Mastiff breed of dog will need more medication than a six-pound Yorkie breed. Control over the strength of the medications allows vets to provide more suitable care for each animal.
Another benefit is modified dosing for different needs. Any pet owner who has attempted to split a large pill in half can appreciate the importance of this benefit. A smaller pill can be compounded to fit into a treat. A medication in a smaller dose can be given to the runt of the litter while standard dosing can be given to the sow.
Dosing in different formats is also a plus. An example is cats. They are notorious for detecting oral medications in food or treats and refusing to swallow them. A prescription medication can be compounded into a transdermal delivery system. Applying medication that will seep into the skin is much easier than getting a cat to take a pill.